Ever since Chris DeGarmo left 25 years ago, the wait for a new Queensrÿche album meant doubt, worries and deteriorating expectations. DeGarmo’s influence and impact over the band’s ability to create was so overwhelming, that even Geoff Tate’s desire and stubbornness to keep the ship moving forward was not enough to please the majority of..
I remember these guys from the very start of their career. Back in 1999, when I received a promo of their self-titled debut from No Fashion Records, it was a big surprise to listen to a classic old school heavy meal album in times when the style was still in knock-down. Maybe nowadays it would..
You certainly cannot call Dark Funeral the most prolific band, with 7 full-lengths released through their 29 years of existence, but the overall quality of their music, is usually worth the wait between albums. We Are The Apocalypse will be released at the end of this week, almost 6 years after the very strong Where..
Necrophobic are riding on the waves of inspiration lately. Recruiting the guitar duo of Johan Bergebäck and Sebastian Ramstedt back in the band in 2016 was probably the best decision band leader Joakim Sterner (drums) has ever taken. Actually, with vocalist Andreas Strokirk (who sang on the legendary debut The Nocturnal Silence) also having returned..
Necrophobic are currently riding on the waves of deserved recognition. Finally. These Swedish black/death worshippers have always put out quality albums, but through the years, something was always missing – was it the production, the distribution, or something else. With 2018’s masterpiece Mark Of The Necrogram, the band released a career highlight and now, two..
The whole classic hard rock revivalist movement is an interesting phenomenon. Perhaps it all started with the 1997-98 reunion of Black Sabbath and the interest directed towards bands like Electric Wizard and Spiritual Beggars. Swedes Dead Lord, actually, stepped in this game a decade later, founded in Stockholm in 2012. Surrender is their fourth album..
There are bands one can always rely on when expectations need to be met. Melodic black metal Swedes Naglfar are one such band. Bassist-turned-vocalist Kristoffer W. Olivius and guitar player Andreas Nilsson form the core of the band since 1993, with second guitarist Marcus E. Norman part of the line-up for the last 20 years...
Sixteen years of existence and five full-lenghts are an evidence of ambition, which is backed both by labels and fans. Denver’s Havok are one of the many new wave of thrash bands that emerged in the new millennium, but at the same time – one of the very few requiring special attention. It should be..
More than 5 years have passed since Mayhem last released new material, with Esoteric Warfare and, to say the anticipation was high, would be an understatement. Daemon appears to be the second full-length album with heavy contribution in the composing department from The Konsortium and Nidingr axeman Teloch, who was not afraid to dig deep..
Mayhem is a legend, and an institution in extreme music. 1994’s epochal De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas still shocks with the essence of pure evil it conveys, while at the same time it also was, and still is, one of the most original and unique expressions of the black metal genre. The new, long-awaited, sixth full-length..